Thursday, November 22, 2018

Why the Irish will beat USC


Rivalry games are always tough to predict. But this year is different. Notre Dame is the superior team.

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  1. Agree with everything, again how were they gonna score on our defense? Heard they may have 2 defensive backs out with injuries, may wanna exploit them with the pass.

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  2. Was great to discover your post today - I believe you nailed the entire situation which ND is currently moving thru. Coff' really seems to have excelled at analyzing this year's season, competition, & gen. predictions. Agree that what Kelly navigated this year is quite laudable, with all the night games, excessive travel, distractions, etc. Wonder what you thought of the "Pin Stripe" uni's and non-Golden helmets (a real 1st I think) at the garlic gulch known as Yengee Stdm. Made me nauseous, but the helmets grew on me. Was in center city Philly Monday on business and saw USA Today cover which said "ND could be first to punch it's own ticket to Playoffs". That really struck me, like Wow. Would've never dream this possible after Wimbush's early season post MU struggles. Watched re-broadcast of the 2012 ND v. USC game today on Comcast - One hellava game. Thus I especially appreciated your comments on how that team differs to current team, and how Manti was such a massive force on that D. The 4th Q ND goal line stance was EPIC! Worst part was sickening announcers "Burnt Cheeseburger" (Musberger) & candy butt ND hater "Herbie Street": Whole game all they did was downplay ND, idolize the Kiffins, and put the then wounded/sidelined USC QB Barkley on a pedestal while describing him as the next coming of Montana or Brady (How's that workin out...). I noted BK looked like he was ~29 YOA at that 2012 game vs. how he looks today. Not a stress-free job being ND HC me thinks, and he's definitely put a lot into the job over the years. Always anticipating your next cast -Thanks much

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    1. You're right on. BK really should get Coach of the Year if they beat USC. Not a lot of coaches could've done what he's done this year. It wasn't like we got lucky either. Every game was decisive.

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  3. I like the Irish 41-14, we should be able to run the ball and stop their running game, without turnovers
    I just do not see the Irish losing
    Our offense is gonna move the ball against SC

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  4. Great commentary, you guys always have an awesome preview, discussion.

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  5. Best possible situation is for bama to win and knock out Georgia. I like our possibilities with Clemson then its just a 60 minute situation, with this group u never know!! Thanks guys on the podcast and go Irish

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  6. How bad do you think the grass/turf was at USC Saturday night?

    The Irish looked totally out-coached in the first half. Your thoughts.

    Don't forget, USC has nine 6.1 rated 5 star players on their squad. No way this was going to be a ND 35 point blowout...not with that NFL talent.

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    1. You can certainly tell the field was not in great shape. On Dexter's TD run, the FS slipped with no-one around him. Yes, USC's game plan was better than ours in the first half, but the Irish coaching staff should get a lot of credit for their 2nd half adjustments. They've been doing this all year by the way. In a rivalry game, it's really hard to blow someone out. USC has talent, and they finally played with a purpose for once in the last 5 games. Great win for ND. Great tune-up game for Clemson. Check out Clemson's team speed. They have 3 running backs on their roster who average more yards per carry than Dexter.

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    2. Agree totally mike, gonna be a tough matchup but I m confident in this defense, its really hard to score more than 25 on us and equally hard to stop out point production. Were very consistent

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  7. Could you guys do a show on this weekends league title games and how they effect notre dame/potential opponent?

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  8. Interesting looking at the coaches poll on the TOP 25 final ballot per bowl season.

    #4, 5, & 6 is really interchangeable with Irish in that mix as well. Conference coaches definitely have loyalty..

    https://www.usatoday.com/sports/ncaaf/ballots/


    Navy's Coach has Irish #4 behind 2 loss Georgia.

    Mike Gundy (OLK ST) had Irish #6
    Florida's coach has Irish at #5
    Middle Teen State has Irish at #5 behind Georgia & Central Fl

    Pitts & WV coach have Irish #4 behind Oklahoma
    Missouri, Auburn's coach have Irish behind Georgia at #4

    Bowling Green coach might need to double check his work.. Michigan at 4????

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